Behind the Blogger Spotlight: Meet Coley Cooks!
Our Food Blogger Spotlight this week is Chef Nicole Gaffney from Coley Cooks. You may think Coley looks familiar and that’s because she was a finalist in Food Network Star Season 10! We know that when you read her interview, you will fall in love with her just like we have.
MEET COLEY COOKS
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How long have you been blogging?
A little over two years, but I only started taking it seriously in the beginning of 2015.
Why do you blog?
I blog because I love sharing my knowledge, recipes and insights with the world. I get far more satisfaction when someone tells me I taught them something or that they made my recipe than I did when I was catering. But truth be told, I love having a record of the dishes I make. I reference recipes on my own blog more than I’d like to admit.
How did you come up with the name of your blog?
I wanted something really simple and straight forward. My nickname is Coley, and, well, I cook! When I started blogging, the original name was “Too Full For School,” and I found that it was a mouthful and really confusing to most people. When I reformatted things in the beginning of 2015, I relaunched under a new name that was more clear, concise and catchy.
What do you wish that you had done early on with your blog that you didn’t understand until later?
I wish I was self hosted and didn’t have a confusing name. Transferring everything over to the new site, becoming self hosted and rebranding was so much work.
Do you have any advice for new bloggers?
Network. Read other blogs, comment and let other people know you exist. Invest in a decent camera and learn why good food photography is so important.
What is your favorite recipe on your blog and why?
This is such a tough question, but I’d have to say my recipe for Spiedini alla Siciliana. First of all, it’s delicious. Second, it’s a family recipe I grew up eating and only recently rediscovered. It’s a really unique dish that isn’t very common, and since posting it, I’ve had several people from around the country reach out to say they’ve grown up eating something similar as well, which I think is really cool.
Name a few of your favorite blogs.
I’ve been a Smitten Kitchen fan forever. Deb’s recipes and writing are just so good. I also love David Lebovitz and Joy the Baker. Great recipes, great writing, great photos. These people are total pros.
If you were a fruit or vegetable, which would it be and why?
Hands down, a tomato! But only if its a really good, summer Jersey home grown heirloom tomato. I’ve totally obsessed with growing the, cooking with them, and eating them.
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Anything else you would like to share about your blog – please feel free to write as much or as little as you want!
Follow me everywhere @ColeyCooks!